Slane

Francis Ledwidge Museum

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Janeville, Slane, Meath, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)419824544
E: info@francisledwidge.com

This museum, in Slane County Meath, is the cottage birthplace of WWI poet, Francis E Ledwidge. It is a perfect example of a 19th Century farm labourer's cottage and was purchased and restored by the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee in 1981.

Francis E Ledwidge (1887–1917)was an Irish war poet from Slane County Meath. He was killed in action during WWI.

The Francis Ledwidge Museum, in Slane County Meath, is the cottage birthplace of Ledwidge. It is a perfect example of a 19th Century farm labourer's cottage and was purchased and restored by the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee in 1981. Dr Benedict Kiely opened it as a museum in June 1982. It houses the poet's works and artefacts from WWI, alongside memorabilia of the period. It's millennium exhibition portrays the poet's life in picture and text from his birth in the cottage to his death at the third battle of Ypres, Belgium, in July 1917. In the beautiful and tranquil garden to the rear of the museum stands a replica of the original monument commissioned and erected by the city of Leper, Belgium, at the exact spot where the poet was killed on 31st July 1917.

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